The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today commended the U.S. House of Representatives on its strong support of energy efficiency and the role it plays in addressing our domestic energy needs by passing HR 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, by a vote of 375-36.
“The U.S. House of Representatives has shown there is an opportunity for bi-partisanship and to advance positive legislation by passing HR 2126,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “We commend the House for recognizing the importance of energy efficiency in our domestic energy economy and the important role of federal government leadership in implementing energy efficiency policies.”
Key provisions of HR 2126 include:
- Commercial building tenants would be recognized for energy efficiency upgrades through a voluntary certification program, Tenant Star.
- The Office of Management and Budget would be required to collaborate with other federal agencies on improving efficiencies in federal data centers.
- Federally leased buildings would be required (where practical) to benchmark their energy usage.
- Model commercial leasing provisions that advance cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades in federal buildings would be developed.
Energy efficiency enjoys broad, bi-partisan support, as a recent study commissioned by NEMA and the National Association of Manufacturers demonstrated.
Nine in ten of those polled support using energy-efficient products and believe it is important to include energy efficiency as part of our country’s energy solutions. Seventy-four percent of those polled support investing taxpayers’ dollars on energy-efficient technologies, innovations, and programs if it would save consumers more money. Finally, 69 percent of those polled are more likely to support investing taxpayers’ dollars on energy efficiency if those investments will not raise taxes or add to the federal deficit, and do not involve government mandates on consumers. To view the poll results in their entirety, click
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.
Phallan K. Davis